UPDATE: Before you read any further or especially link to this old list, please check out "Paula's New List of Blogger Salaries (and Webmasters, Affiliate Marketers, Content Scrapers, Domainers and any other title you can think of) June 2007" by clicking here! ~ Thanks, PAULA NEAL MOONEY
by Paula Neal Mooney
One of my favorite features in Parade magazine is the issue where they grab a random sampling of people and report their incomes -- from the millionaires to the working poor.
Since I'm fascinated with how much money bloggers and webmasters are making nowadays, I've created a similar list -- a random sampling of people making money on the net.
Who's on Paula's List of Blogger and Webmaster Salaries?
I spent hours and hours scouring the internet for the last-reported information about bloggers/webmasters and their revenue. Some are hard-core daily bloggers, some run sites with lots of pageviews but not much written content -- like dating sites.
Be it listed on their own blogs, in articles about them or in the comments section of posts like Google Whores and other places, I tracked down the dollar signs of bloggers/webmasters around the globe.
I even used the Babel Fish Translator to translate info from other languages into English. (A big ol' Queen Liz curtsey to Bonnie Calhoun for this tip.)
For the bean counters...How did Paula calculate the list of blogger salaries?
Whether reported daily, weekly or monthly, I took the income number reported and annualized it to create the below list.
I assumed no growth rate for the annualized salaries, even though some dot com moguls like John Chow are reporting huge growth rates in blogging revenue from March to April 2007.
Since others reported a dip from prior months, I figured assuming a growth rate of 0% would even things out overall. (I did take Intermediate Accounting I and II in college...)
I also took the numbers at face value -- some webmasters list their gross revenue, some net. Others include swag, pay for services, etc. -- all the perks that they wouldn't have gotten if not for blogging.
Who's missing from Paula's List of Blogger and Webmaster Salaries?
You'll also note that some heavy hitters are missing from the list, like John TP, who isn't yet comfortable with revealing his blogging salary.
Also missing is Kevin Rose, whose estimated $60 million, 18-month-long salary touted on the cover of Business Week was called irresponsible journalism by some, so I'm staying away from folks whose salaries are too hard to quantify until they tell us themselves.
I left off the porn bloggers' filthy lucre. I hope.
Lastly, sploggers -- or, "internet entrepreneurs," as he prefers to be called -- like Andre, whom author Ted Demopoulous shared beers and vodka with at the Hotel Taroy bar in Khanty-Mansiysk, Central Siberia, when interviewing for his book, What No One Ever Tells You About Blogging and Podcasting: Real-Life Advice from 101 People Who Successfully Leverage the Power of the Blogosphere, are not on the list.
Sploggers or content scrapers akin to Andre that are quietly making a mint on the net don't go around publishing their income.
Who wants to be a dot com millionaire?
Missing dot com moguls that I'd like to see on future updates of Paula's List of Blogger and Webmaster Salaries are listed in "My Prayer List" section of this Google spreadsheet with all the dirty details of how I arrived at the annualized income on Paula's List of Blogger Salaries.
Here's hoping that the people who don't yet post their income will be included on forthcoming lists, so they can take their rightful place amongst the top earners...
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Without further ado, here's the list:
Paula's List of Blogger and Webmaster Salaries
|#||Blogger, Webmaster or Website||Est. Annual Income||Source Link|
|1 -||Markus Frind||$3,650,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|2 -||David Miles Jr. and Kato Leonard of FreeWebLayouts||$1,200,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|3 -||Jason Calacanis of Weblogs||$1,095,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|4 -||Tim Carter of AsktheBuilder.com||$511,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|5 -||Rosalind Gardner||$436,797.00||Paula's List Source|
|6 -||Steve Pavlina||$365,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|7 -||Matther Daimler and wife of SeatGuru.com||$360,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|8 -||Joel Comm||$281,501.52||Paula's List Source|
|9 -||Jose Ribeiras||$240,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|10 -||Sharon Maguire of DogBreedInfo.com||$237,250.00||Paula's List Source|
|11 -||Al at Self-Made Minds||$153,921.24||Paula's List Source|
|12 -||John Chow||$140,431.92||Paula's List Source|
|13 -||Max Goldberg of YTMND.com||$133,262.64||Paula's List Source|
|14-||Jane May of Career Ramblings||$124,465.00||Paula's List Source|
|15 -||ProBlogger Darren Rowse||$120K - $1.20 Million||Paula's List Source|
|16 -||Jeremy Schoemaker of ShoeMoney.com||$120,000.00+||Paula's List Source|
|17 -||Shawn D. Hogan at DigitalPoint.com||$120,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|18 -||Chris Lawrence of Top Hat Weddings||$120,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|19 -||Yaro Starak of Entrepreneur's Journey||$78,594.00||Paula's List Source|
|20 -||Connected Internet||$77,020.20||Paula's List Source|
|21 -||Erin Pavlina||$60,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|22 -||Woot, Inc.||$54,750.00||Paula's List Source|
|23 -||Tim Flight of GPS Review||$50,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|24 -||Andrew Leyden of PodcastDirectory.com||$40,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|25 -||Blog Talks||$36,735.60||Paula's List Source|
|26 -||Robert Hoskins of bbwexchange.com||$36,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|27 -||Mubin Ahmed||$32,196.00||Paula's List Source|
|28 -||Tyler Cruz||$22,984.99||Paula's List Source|
|29 -||MenJ at Critical Thoughts, Brutally Honest||$14,046.84||Paula's List Source|
|30 -||Adam Dempsey's Blog||$13,672.80||Paula's List Source|
|31 -||MenthiX (per comment on Adam Dempsey's blog)||$12,051.84||Paula's List Source|
|32 -||Matt Coddington of Net Business Blog||$12,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|33 -||Michael Brougham of Soul Mate Find||$12,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|34 -||Maybach||$12,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|35 -||Robert L. Kuhn of Findadate.com||$12,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|36 -||Jeff Jarvis of Buzz Machine||$12,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|37 -||Paula Neal Mooney||$12,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|38 -||Business Logs||$9,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|39 -||Working Nomad||$8,928.00||Paula's List Source|
|40 -||Nikolai of CBTrends||$8,400.00||Paula's List Source|
|41 -||LeftBlank||$6,610.08||Paula's List Source|
|42 -||Bev at I'm Living in Hormoney||$6,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|43 -||How to Earn Money Blogging||$4,995.64||Paula's List Source|
|44 -||Lazy Man and Money||$4,707.96||Paula's List Source|
|45 -||Courtney Tuttle||$3,516.12||Paula's List Source|
|46 -||Mike's Money Making Mission||$83,970.12||Paula's List Source|
|47 -||Earn Money Online||$3,944.16||Paula's List Source|
|48 -||All Tips and Tricks Exposed||$2,316.00||Paula's List Source|
|49 -||Nomar at King Nomar||$2,229.00||Paula's List Source|
|50 -||Live Learn Invest||$1,752.00||Paula's List Source|
|51 -||Ontora||$1,728.60||Paula's List Source|
|52 -||Kumiko Suzuki||$1,724.07||Paula's List Source|
|53 -||Crazy Hamster - A Student's Blog||$1,385.28||Paula's List Source|
|54 -||Andrew Rouhafzai at A2 Network Webmaster Blog||$1,242.72||Paula's List Source|
|55 -||Genius Types||$1,163.64||Paula's List Source|
|56 -||Derek Semmler||$1,102.20||Paula's List Source|
|57 -||Kevin Vahey of Charlie on the MBTA||$1,000.00||Paula's List Source|
|58 -||The Anand's Ripples||$851.28||Paula's List Source|
|59 -||M3||$849.00||Paula's List Source|
|60 -||Dollar James||$479.88||Paula's List Source|
Spot any inaccuracies with my estimated blogging/webmastering salaries?
Did I miss any blogger who posts their income?
By all means, tell me the correct figures! Lead me to their URL!
Are you on it? Wanna be?
Leave me a comment with a link to your post documenting your most-recent monthly blogging income. And title or tag your future income postings with "Paula's List of Blogging Salaries" so I'll know you want to be included.
Reading this list and researching other successful bloggers has inspired me endlessly, like Al's list of the most-read feeds on Self Made Minds.
And of course, good bloggers like John Chow lead the way -- he's one who proves he's not in it just for the money, since he donates all his blogging income to divine pursuits.
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